Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's Alive!

Last spring I planted three different varieties of Canna to see if, with heavy mulching, I would be able to get them through the winter in the ground. Today I found one of them, Canna indica 'Mactro' or Tropicanna Gold Canna, sprouting!


Considering how late they are to emerge they might not actually end up getting very big or have time to flower, but we shall see; for now I am just excited they made it through a Michigan winter!

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  1. One year my cannas left in for winter came back. So I thought I could do that in the future. Wrong! The next year they all disappeared. I guess it depends on the severity of the winter.
    Ray

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    1. Yeah, I figure even if they do come back well I will probably lose them in rough winters. Though this past winter was rather average, not unusually mild like the one before, so that is a good sign.

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  2. Nice one! And with the warmer summers you guys get there it should happily grow away later on

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    1. Hopefully! It is in a really hot spot in front of a south-facing wall, too, so as long as it is kept watered and fertilized it should have good conditions for rapid growth.

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  3. That's fantastic - I wouldn't have thought they could survive a winter.

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    1. Neither would I until a year ago - I got the idea after seeing a few that had obviously been forgotten in the ground come back in a front yard near my place at university in Massachusetts last spring. Granted that was a very sheltered spot and the winters there are a tad less brutal but I though I would give it a try anyway.

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  4. Congratulations on your persuading a Canna to survive a Michigan winter! Did you mulch it with an electric blanket by any chance?

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    1. Hahaha... No, just about a foot of dried leaves...

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  5. Gardening is full of surprises (and experiments). I love it when they work out!

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